11 things you must know about the terrifying condition called sleep paralysis

Facts that every person needs to know about sleep paralysis.

Most people will be unaware of a sleep disorder called sleep paralysis. This is a condition that most of us suffer from at least once in our life, whether we remember it or not. It is a medical condition where a person, on waking up, experiences a sense of paralysis or the inability to move or speak. It is also commonly accompanied by hallucinations, which makes the situation a whole lot scarier. These are 11 facts that look at different aspects of sleep paralysis:  

#11 Symptoms of sleep paralysis

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Several studies have consistently proved that people who are exhausted, stressed or sleep-deprived are more likely to experience sleep paralysis. People have been trying for a very long time to understand why one experiences sleep paralysis, but there has been no valid explanation for it so far.  

#10 There is no actual danger

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There is no denying that sleep paralysis is a scary and horrific experience, but there is no actual danger. It does not cause any physical harm to the body. There have been no clinical deaths reported till now. The idea is to trick yourself into not being scared whenever you experience something like this. Tell yourself that it is just a dream and this is not real. It may feel like forever, but the more you remain positive, the less scary it will be. Reassurance is the key!  

#9 You lose control over your body

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No matter how hard you try, even if somehow you are aware when you are in a state of sleep paralysis, you cannot wake your body up. Some people can just move their fingers or wiggle their toes or facial muscles. This eventually helps them wake up, but a majority of people have to patiently wait till it's over. The state of sleep paralysis can last anywhere from 20 seconds to a few minutes.


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